Space Movies From Indian Cinema.

Best Indian Movies on Space: Space Movies haven’t been a trendy genre in Indian Cinema as they require huge budgets. The International Cinema has seen many, and filmmakers tend to come up with one every year. Few last for long, and few we forget immediately. Here are some of the Best Indian Space Movies.

Everybody loves a good space film. Indian cinema is slowly but steadily catching up with Hollywood giving us some fantastic astronomical films.


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We have seen some brilliant films and shows like Rocket Boys that are based on the life of Dr. Homi J Bhabha and Dr. Vikram A Sarabhai, who changed the landscape of space research in India. However, after making its international premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, R. Madhavan’s Rocketry: The Nambi Effect has been making some major headlines and breaking records almost immediately after its release. Aside from the engaging plot, Madhavan’s transformation has been the talk of the town.

Here is a list of Indian Space movies as per their release year.

Kalai Arasi (1963)

Kalai Arasi. Indian Space Movie.
Kalai Arasi. Indian Space Movie.

Kalai Arasi is a 1963 Indian Tamil-language science fiction comedy film directed by A. Kasilingam. The film stars M. G. Ramachandran and Bhanumathi, with M. N. Nambiar, P. S. Veerappa, Rajasree, and Sachu, credited as Kumari Saraswathi. The film, produced by Sarodi Brothers, had a musical score by K. V. Mahadevan and was released on 19 April 1963. This was the first Indian film to feature the concept of aliens visiting Earth.

Mohan is an honest and hard-working farmer. Vani is the daughter of the wealthy landlord who lives in the city while their lands are under the supervision of her cousin and suitor, the wily Kannan. On a visit to the village with her friends, Vani meets Mohan. Mohan and Vani find themselves falling in love with each other gradually.

Meanwhile, a spacecraft is racing towards the Earth. Inside are two aliens who resemble earthly humans. From their conversation, it is understood that they are traveling to Earth on a strange mission. Their planet has made far-reaching scientific strides but is woefully backward in performing arts. Hence they are coming to Earth to identify and take a talented artiste who could teach their denizens music and dance. As they near Earth, one of the aliens, Thinna, the commander-in-chief of their planet, switches on a monitor, and the screen shows music and dance performances in various parts of Earth. He seems dissatisfied with them all until he comes across Vani singing. He is mesmerized by her performance and decides she would best suit their purpose.

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Chand Par Chadayee (1967)

Chaand Par Chadie. Indian Space Movie.

Chand Par Chadayee (Trip To Moon) is one of India’s earliest sci-fi films. It was directed by T.P. Sundaram and starred muscleman Dara Singh and the smoking-hot Helen. Although this was filmed in 1967, one could easily guess it to be much older because of the ultra-crude effects and visual style. Fans of Ed Wood will be amazed by the spaceships and spacesuits displayed here. Like all Indian films, it has plenty of singing and dancing. Astronaut Anand (Dara Singh) is on a mission to the moon. Before his rocket can be launched, he is attacked by moon men, who will stop at nothing to prevent his mission. They abduct Anand and take him prisoner on their spaceship. After escaping from

the moon men, Anand fights King Kong, cow dinosaurs (!)Cyclops, Medusa, space rhinos, robots, and moon minions. This is recommended to fans of psychotronic films and cult cinema. It’s in unsubtitled Hindi but never mind that.

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Koi… Mil Gaya (2003)

Koi… Mil Gaya. Indian Space Movies.

Koi… Mil Gaya, also known as KMG, is a 2003 Indian Hindi-language science fiction film directed and produced by Rakesh Roshan. It stars Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta, with Rekha’s supporting role. In addition to writing the story, Rakesh Roshan also wrote the screenplay with Sachin Bhowmick, Honey Irani, and Robin Bhatt. Koi… Mil Gaya focuses on Rohit (Hrithik Roshan), a developmentally disabled man who contacts an extraterrestrial being with his late father Sanjay’s (Rakesh Roshan) computer. In addition, the film follows his relationship with Nisha (Zinta), Rohit’s friend, who falls in love with him.

Scientist Sanjay Mehra has created a computer from which he sends variations of the syllable om into space, hoping to attract extraterrestrial life. When he believes he has finally received a response, the scientific community ridicules him. Then, while Sanjay is driving home, frustrated, an alien spacecraft appears overhead. He goes off the road, and the car explodes, killing him. His pregnant wife, Sonia, is injured but survives; their son, Rohit, is born with a developmental disability. Sonia learns that surgery is the only cure for Rohit’s disability, but it could paralyze or kill him. Not wanting to lose her son, she raises him in Kasauli. 

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PK (2014)

PK. Indian Space Movies.

PK is a 2014 Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film edited and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, written by Hirani and Abhijat Joshi, and jointly produced by Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra under the banners Rajkumar Hirani Films and Vinod Chopra Films respectively. The story follows an alien who comes to Earth on a research mission, only for the remote control for his spaceship to be stolen and sold to a godman; he befriends a television journalist, and in his quest to retrieve the remote, questions religious dogmas and superstitions focused on Hinduism. The film stars Aamir Khan in the titular role with Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla, and Sanjay Dutt in pivotal roles.

An android alien lands on Earth naked on a research mission in Rajasthan but is stranded when the remote control for his spaceship is stolen. He manages to get the thief’s cassette recorder. On the same day in Belgium, an Indian woman, Jagat Janani Sahni alias Jaggu, meets a Pakistani, Sarfaraz Yousuf, and falls in love with him. Jaggu’s father objects to their relationship, citing differences in their religions. He consults godman Tapasvi Maharaj, who predicts that Sarfaraz will betray Jaggu. Determined to prove them wrong, Jaggu asks Sarfaraz to marry her. At the wedding, she is heartbroken when she receives an unsigned letter, believing it is from Sarfaraz, calling off the wedding due to cultural differences.

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Tik Tik Tik (2018)

Tik Tik Tik: Indian Space Movie.

Jayam Ravi’s Tik Tik Tik finally hit the big screens today. The movie has a lot riding on it, thanks to the fact that this is the first space thriller from south India. So let us see whether this path-breaking attempt impresses the audience or not.

An unidentified asteroid hits Earth’s surface and causes panic in the city of Vizag. The Indian Air Force knows that another asteroid, much more prominent in size, is on course to hit the Earth and wipe out a few states in South India. Seeing this, the Indian army employs Vasu(Jayam Ravi) and his gang to carry out a mission to deteriorate the asteroid and save planet earth.

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Antariksham 9000 KMPH (2018)

Anthariksham: Indian Space Movies.

The movie Antariksham 9000 KMPH is a 2018 Indian Telugu-language science fiction adventure film written and directed by Sankalp Reddy. The film stars Varun Tej, Aditi Rao Hydari, Lavanya Tripathi, and Rahman, while Srinivas Avasarala, Satya Dev, and Raja Chembolu play supporting roles. Antariksham film was released on 21 December 2018.

The film begins with a satellite moving into the darker side of the moon. One of the Indian satellites, Mihira, has lost connection with the Space Station and is losing speed. This would lead to a collision with another Chinese satellite and a chain reaction resulting in a communication blackout worldwide. The system code to make repairs is known only to Dev – a passionate scientist at the station. Dev had quit the Space program five years ago. He was in love with the Station Director Chandrakanth’s daughter, Paaru, a school teacher.

He passionately works on Viprayaan, a satellite that will give data about water on the moon. There is a glitch in the satellite after its takeoff. Dev drives to the space station to fix it with his fiancee. Unfortunately, he loses control of the car and meets with an accident, losing both the satellite and his fiancée. This breaks him, and he quits his job. He is now needed to fix Mihira, and he comes back after five years from his life as a school teacher as part of the mission and manages to fix the critical glitch with the help of Riya, his colleague.

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Mission Mangal (2019)

Mission Mangal: Indian Space Movie.

The Film Mission Mangal (English: “Mission Mars”) is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language drama film directed by Jagan Shakti and produced by Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions, Fox Star Studios, Aruna Bhatia, and Anil Naidu, loosely based on the life of scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation who contributed to India’s first interplanetary expedition Mars Orbiter Mission. It stars Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari, and Sharman Joshi in lead roles alongside H. G. Dattatreya, Vikram Gokhale, Dalip Tahil, Sanjay Kapoor and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub amongst others in supporting roles.

Across the landscapes of Bengaluru, at ISRO, after the failed launch of GSLV-F06 on 25 December 2010, due to a miscalculation by Project Director Tara Shinde (Vidya Balan), Rakesh Dhawan (Akshay Kumar), a fellow scientist working with her, takes the blame for the mistake. As a result, he is relocated to work on Mangalyaan (Mars-craft) as punishment, where Tara joins him out of guilt. The new GSLV missions are given to Rupert Desai, a NASA scientist of Indian origin. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is thought of as an impossible mission by his coworkers due its aim of reaching Mars with its tight budget.

Rakesh learns that the MOM cannot take off on the PSLV since the available technology has a payload of only 1500 kg and not enough fuel to fire the rocket to be carried to a distance of almost 55 million kilometers. GSLV, if it had succeeded, could have taken the satellite to Mars as it had a payload of 2300 kg. However, recent significant failures of GSLV have jeopardized the planned future missions.

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Cargo (2019)

Cargo: Indian Space Movie.

Debutante director Arati Kadav’s homegrown science-fiction film Cargo, picked up by Netflix after playing at MAMI and almost playing at SXSW, is an innovative but inert mashup of Eastern ideas and Western storytelling. Like Masaan by way of Moon, Cargo is a film that explores themes such as reincarnation — or, more accurately, the corporatization of reincarnation — and caste, all coated in a layer of slick modern sci-fi.

But while it might seem refreshingly original here, in an industry that has mostly stayed away from the genre, Cargo could feel massively derivative to specific audiences. Moon, for instance, is a film whose influence can be felt in virtually every scene. Moreover, Vikrant Massey’s character, a ‘rakshasa’ named Prahastha, is having the same existential crisis, slowly consuming Sam Rockwell’s miner in Duncan Jones’ film.

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